LAPA's Mission

Princeton University's Program in Law and Public Affairs (LAPA) is a community of people interested in how law engages with politics, society, the economy and culture. LAPA participants examine the law both in the present and over time, in the US and in the world. Each year, LAPA brings to Princeton a small group of residential fellows and occasional visitors drawn from the academy, legal practice, government, and policy-making institutions. They join a collection of professors on Princeton’s permanent faculty who draw upon diverse methodologies to investigate legal phenomena. By combining the multidisciplinary expertise of Princeton’s faculty with knowledge and perspectives provided by leading academic and practical experts on the law, the Program in Law and Public Affairs has created an exciting new forum for teaching and research about the legal technologies and institutions needed to address the complex problems of the new century.

LAPA facilitates teaching and research on law throughout the university by coordinating the efforts of the law-engaged faculty around Princeton, adding the expertise of  OUR fellows and visitors, and running a series of seminars, guest speakers, workshops, and conferences to bring law-related expertise together in one place.  LAPA organizes a biweekly seminar, which serves as a forum for faculty and guest speakers to present cutting-edge work on law and law-related phenomena. LAPA sponsors a seminar for graduate students to hone their talents, meet law-engaged graduate students from other departments and programs, and share their work with both faculty and fellow graduate students. LAPA is home to an undergraduate forum for students to explore the intellectual side of law and to meet fellows, visitors, graduate students and faculty in the field.  LAPA also brings distinguished speakers to campus and organizes workshops on a variety of topics.